In February of 2008, I had the privilege of traveling to Ethiopia. While there, I was presented with the opportunity to help build a well that Water is Life International was constructing in the Lake Langano area. This experience, combined with others on this trip, ignited my passion to use my resources to aid in the relief of the water crisis in Ethiopia. It broke my heart to see three year old kids carrying 5 gallon jugs of muddy river water back to their villages. I can’t imagine not doing anything!
The thought of riding my bike across america one day began in April 2006 while talking with a colleague who had just ridden across. I love the idea of traveling and I love the peacefulness of riding my bike. So after Ethiopia I put the two together and the discussion began.
Think about it, 80% of all diseases in Africa can be cured with something as simple as clean drinking water. We live in a country where water is so accessible we don’t think twice about it or have to put any effort into getting it. How would your life be different if 70% of the time in your day was spent just getting water. Together we can change this for thousands of people. Please think about how you can help bring life to the Ethiopian people.
While riding around Lake Logan, NC in 2008, Karey let me know he wanted to ride his bike across the country. I thought at the time that it would be an amazing thing to do so we continued over the next few months discussing and trying to figure out how we could accomplish this. Once we realized there was a space in our lives where we could take the time and make it happen, we decided to start planning the trip. Karey presented me the idea of trying to raise money for Water is Life, and we have never looked back. Life is too short to pass up amazing things like this, I am just glad to be a part of such a wonderful experience.
Karey, Cam and I have been great friends for the last 10 years. So when they asked me to partner with them in this extraordinary event, I could not miss out on the opportunity to help my friends achieve such a magnificent goal.
As the Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator, I’m excited to connect these 2 cyclists with the interested, caring, and loving people that live across our nation. The awareness that Karey and Cam are creating for WILI and the devastating need for clean drinking water in Ethiopia will flow into the minds and hearts of each person in which they come into contact. And I believe lives will be changed by the simple effects of good, clean, life-giving water.
Karey and Cam….thank you.
You may be wondering what exactly the “transportation expert” title is all about. Well, I am pretty skilled at making PB&J sandwiches! For the days I will be on the road with Cam and Karey I get to help plan their route, track their progress, and make their lunches!
On a more serious note, I am honored and humbled to be a part of such a important event. The lives we will touch and the people we will help, make this one of the most important things any of us will ever be apart of.
I first traveled to Ethiopia in the spring of ’07 and haven’t been the same since. I was moved by the hearts of the Ethiopian people in the midst of their struggles. I was torn to discover that 3 out of 4 Ethiopians do not have access to clean water. I vowed I would do my part to help bring clean water to Ethiopia. Thus began a volunteer relationship with WiLi. I was psyched when Karey first mentioned his idea of Team Wooha and honored when he asked me to help. Having traveled to Ethiopia twice with him, I have seen firsthand his heart for the Ethiopian people and his desire to make a difference. As the WiLi liaison, I will be assisting Team Wooha with communications and correspondence as a representative of Water is Life International here in the US.
Give the gift of water…give the gift of life.